Things to do in

Geneva

Explore this cosmopolitan lakeside city home to a host of international organizations and mountain views.

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10 Places of Interest in Geneva

Switzerland enjoys some of the best quality of life in the world. Geneva is the stronghold of its French-speaking society, so take a dip into the sweet life. Where should you begin?

  • Palace of Nations

    1. Palace of Nations

    This building is the European seat of the United Nations. You can take a guided tour in - true to form - over 15 languages, and learn about the work that the UN does.

  • Parc des Bastions

    2. Parc des Bastions

    As if Geneva weren't pristine enough already, this park is a lovely oasis of greenery in the center. Seasonal activities include ice skating!

  • Reformation Wall

    3. Reformation Wall

    Geneva has always been a city of thinkers and innovators. This wall in the Parc des Bastions represents the leaders of the Reformation: Calvin, Farel, Beza, and Knox.

  • Jet d'Eau

    4. Jet d'Eau

    Sitting on the lake's harbor, this fountain soars 140 meters into the heavens and is considered to be the symbol of Geneva.

  • St. Peter's Cathedral

    5. St. Peter's Cathedral

    St. Peter's cathedral dates from the 12th century and is where Calvin gave his Reformist sermons. Marvel at its stained glass windows and high arches from the inside.

  • Grande Theatre

    6. Grande Theatre

    This opera house has a photogenic interior and exceptional acoustics. It's worth a visit even if you aren't an opera person!

  • CERN

    7. CERN

    Groundbreaking research is taking place under the Alps at this visitable science center, famous for its massive particle accelerator and the invention of the internet.

  • Gruyere Tasting

    8. Gruyere Tasting

    Leave Geneva for an afternoon and go into the neighboring countryside to the factory. Learn about the history of production of Gruyere products and taste some yourself!

  • Chamonix

    9. Chamonix

    It may be an hour's drive from Geneva, but the ski town of Chamonix is home to Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe - so it shouldn't be missed!

  • MAMCO

    10. MAMCO

    Geneva's museum of modern and contemporary art is located in an old factory building. Marcel Duchamp has a permanent collection there, and exhibitions change frequently.

Frequently asked questions about Geneva

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Actually, the best time to go is in August, when the weather can get a little cooler - a perfect summer breeze. There's also a festival going on in the city! Of course, if you're planning to ski while you're in Switzerland, winter is better.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    If you aren't visiting for the incredible winter ski season, try to visit Geneva in August, when there is a great summer breeze, and the city hosts an amazing festival!

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What people are saying about Geneva

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,749 reviews

Our guide Mike was very knowledgeable about chocolate and the history of Geneva, and combined them seamlessly. We appreciated that he took his time, we never felt rushed. It was nice to visit artisanal chocolate makers and learn their stories.

Highly recommend this tour. You'd be lost in Genoa without a tour. We stayed on the whole first time then got off at a stop and walked around. The guide was very helpful and made special arrangements because we had booked for the wrong day.

Every part of the experience was worth it! The view was amazing. I definitely plan to return. Just be sure to dress appropriately!-- it's freezing cold there. Highly recommended!

It was an amazing experience, totally worth it. The transportation was also really nice since the couch was very well equipped and the coach wasn’t packed so it was more private.

Typically November weather, but the cruise was excellent. Nice onboard service